With lots of hot, hot days and summer vacations wrapping up, everyone is starting to think about going back to school and starting fresh!The chapter recently had its mid-year review, and we are excited to launch the fall program series. This will kickoff on August 4 with a luncheon featuring Katharine Eggleston and Dave Charters with GoTriangle to talk about the Durham-Orange County Light Rail Transit Project. Please see below for more details.


And, remember, it's not too late to take advantage of our 2015 membership incentive. If you become a member at one of our events you receive a 15% discount and one of our coveted WTS fleeces!


As always, please check our  website for our upcoming events, and we hope to see you at the next event!


Kimberly J. Levine
President, WTS NC Triangle Chapter
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July 2015

In This Issue
Quick Links
2015 Partners
Advocate Partners

Patron Partners

Supporter Partners

Chapter Officers


  Kim Levine

Hatch Mott MacDonald


Vice President

Jenny Fleming, PE

 Ecological Engineering  



Memory Washaya




Taruna Tayal


WTS International Partners
Strategic Partner

Trailblazer Partner

New Membership Incentive
This year, new  WTS members who fill out a membership form and pay the membership fee at a NC Triangle chapter event, such as a luncheon, breakfast or Transportation YOU event, will receive 15 percent off of their membership cost, as well as a WTS fleece. There are many benefits to being a member of WTS, so if you're thinking about joining, this is a great year to do it. Click here for more information on membership fees.
Upcoming Events
Durham-Orange County Light Rail Project 
Guest speakers Katharine Eggleston and Dave Charters with GoTriangle will talk about the Durham-Orange County Light Rail Transit (D-O LRT) Project at the chapter's Aug. 4 luncheon. The proposed project is a 17.1-mile light rail transit line that extends from UNC in Chapel Hill to east Durham. Click the button below for more information or to register. 
NCLUG Conference
WTS participated in the North Carolina Local User Group (NCLUG) Summer Conference recently. With more than 200 conference attendees, the NC Triangle chapter hosted a booth to bring awareness to its mission and recruit new members. WTS members Paddy Jordan, Nichette Hill, Jessica Puszynski and Karen Reynolds volunteered during the event, manning the booth, passing out literature and answering questions.
In Case You Missed It...
June Luncheon
The WTS Luncheon in June featured Richard Adams, PE, of Kimley-Horn discussing the Wake County Transit Choices report and special guest Betty Lou Ward, Wake County commissioner, shown above. Click the links below to see photos of the event or to view Mr. Adams' presentation. 
Mid-Year Review

Chapter representatives recently gathered for the Mid-Year Review, an annual meeting where the past year's events are analyzed and the calendar for the next year is set. This year's review featured discussions about membership events, recruitment efforts and improvements that can be made to next year's calendar of events. Click the link below to see photos from the review. 

WTS International Conference
WTS NC Triangle Chapter member Nichette Hill, above right, was one of three local representatives to attend the WTS International Conference this year. She is pictured with one of the speakers at the conference, Vernice Armor, the first African American female combat pilot in the US Marine Corps. Read more about Nichette's experiences at the conference by clicking on the link below.
Converge Chicago
Professional Connections
For members looking for networking opportunities within the Chapter, consider joining the Professional Connections program. Each quarter, the members of the program are split into groups of four or five, and each group plans a lunch meeting. This is a good way to meet others in WTS. For more information, or to sign up, contact  Karen Reynolds .
Officer Elections
New chapter officers for 2016 will be elected before the end of the year. Nomination forms will be released soon, so if you're interested in volunteering or nominating someone for an office, be on the lookout for those.
Featured Business - HDR

HDR makes great things possible. The company's 9,200 employees, working in more than 200 locations around the world, strive to do things better and stretch further. As evidence of this, HDR was recently named #9 of the top 500 Design Firms by the Engineering News-Record for 2015.


Locally, the firm has had several exciting developments so far this year. HDR continues to expand its service capabilities with the acquisition of Brentwood, Tennessee-based Infrastructure Corporation of America (ICA), which specializes in transportation engineering, asset maintenance and management. Together as HDR | ICA, it can help clients realize the most from their assets - from planning and design through lifelong maintenance.


HDR also recently won a key pursuit with Barnhill Contracting Company for the North Carolina Department of Transportation - the Greenville Southwest Bypass. This $160 Million project entails design and construction of a four-lane divided facility on new location. The  project will significantly improve traffic flow and congestion on NC 11 and US 264 Bypass while also improving regional travel along the US 264/NC 11 corridor.


And finally, with its continuing growth and success in the Triangle area, HDR is pleased to announce that its Raleigh office has moved into a larger space in downtown's new Charter Square Building. Those offices are now located at 555 Fayetteville Street, Suite 900, Raleigh, NC 27601


By embracing our communities, we can help shape a promising future for everyone.

Featured Business - Stewart

Stewart is an engineering, design and planning firm located in Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte, NC, and Richmond, Va., serving clients throughout the southeastern US. With a unique collaborative cross-discipline approach that results in stronger and more creative designs, Stewart offers a variety of services to meet the needs of its clients, including: land planning and design, structural engineering, transportation, geomatics, and construction services.

Hanan Assfoura is one of Stewart's female engineers, having joined the firm last spring as a Bridge Engineering Intern. Hanan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2010 from Tishreen University in Syria. She left her homeland in Syria to further advance her aspirations of

Hasan Assfoura 

becoming a certified structural engineer. She was awarded a fellowship from the University of Memphis and obtained her Master of Science in Structural Engineering degree within two years. Stewart has been a critical link in bridging Hanan's dreams to reality. A company that values diversity, Stewart seeks high level talent to grow their North Carolina offices.


Stewart fully supports Hanan's dream of becoming a US Citizen and has petitioned to the USCIS that they grant Hanan an H-1B Visa. Hanan is a young professional preparing to take her PE next year, and she is passionate about the work she does. Both Stewart and Hanan are looking forward to Hanan growing with the company and playing a bigger role in the transportation field.
Newsletter Editors: Leslie Tracey , PE, City of Durham DOT; Paddy Jordan , Hatch Mott McDonald; Yuying Zhou, VHB; Kara Peach, VHB